ITV News appoints Deborah Cohen as Science Editor

ITV News has today announced the appointment of Deborah Cohen to the role of Science Editor at ITV News.

Deborah is an award-winning, medically-qualified journalist who held the position of Health Correspondent at BBC Newsnight, where she was at the forefront of the programme’s coronavirus coverage. Before this, she was the Newsnight UK Correspondent, covering science, health and social policy.

Deborah’s formidable reputation as a journalist has led to several awards, including winning Health and Life Sciences Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards 2019. Most recently, she exposed safeguarding concerns at the Tavistock Centre, an impactful story which went on to be reported widely.

Before Newsnight she had a successful career working across newspapers, TV, radio and academic journals. Deborah spent 10 years at the British Medical Journal, where she was their first Investigations Editor – the first post of its kind on a medical journal, establishing its reputation for conducting in-house and collaborative investigations with the likes of Panorama, Dispatches and File On 4 among others.

She has written for the Telegraph and Guardian, as well as reporting on science and health from Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana and Palestine. On top of her journalism, Deborah was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford.

Andrew Dagnell, Head of Newsgathering, ITV News said:

“I am delighted to be able to announce Deborah Cohen as the new ITV News Science Editor. It was an incredibly competitive field of candidates and we are hugely looking forward to Deborah joining us later this year,  where she will turn her expertise to the whole range of science stories that the specialism demands. This is a key role for the coming months, not only with our on-going coverage of the pandemic, but as we continue to prioritise the climate emergency.”

Deborah Cohen, Science Editor, ITV News said:

“I have always admired ITV News’ journalism and am excited to take on such an important brief that includes climate change, medicine and tech. As we move beyond the pandemic, I’m really looking forward to helping shape ITV’s coverage of some of today’s most pressing issues and dig into science stories that really affect people’s lives.”

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